Bolt Tail Torquay
South Devon 
 
 
 
Locals will tell you that the best sunsets in South Devon can be seen from Bolt Tail, a headland located immediately to the southwest of Hope Cove. In fact, the whole of the South Devon coastline is spectacular and much of it is owned by the National Trust.
 
Bolt Tail marks the western end of the coastal walk from Bolt Head at the mouth of the Salcombe estuary via Bolberry Down.  An Iron-Age fort occupied Bolt Tail headland but there is little of it left to see.
 
The rocky coast has been a hazard to shipping for many centuries and the coast is littered with shipwrecks.  In 1588 the Spanish Armada appeared in the seas off Devon.
 
The only Spanish ship to be wrecked off England, as opposed to Scotland and Ireland, was the San Pedro Mayor.  She was a hospital ship and was blown on to Bolt Tail and 158 survivors were rescued. An interesting web site with local shipwreck information is  Web:  Bolt Head to Bolt Tail    External Link
A gentle stroll along part of this coastal walk is well worth doing.
 
Plan Your Visit
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Getting There
To find out about getting to Bolt Tail or one of the many other beautiful spots along this coastline go to the National Trust website  Web:  Salcombe to Hope Cove    External Link
 
The A379 from Plymouth and A381 from Totnes both meet at Kingsbridge. The A381 continues south to Salcombe.  Minor country lanes provide access to Hope, Bolt Tail and this whole stretch of coast.
 
Google Map - Bolt Tail